Counties work together to restore peace in Marion

Marion experienced some unusual police activity for a typically quiet Sunday evening on June 28.

It began around 6 p.m. when Marion Police officers noticed some suspicious activity on North Cedar according to a press release from the Marion Police Department.

“After watching the individuals, officers attempted to make contact. The individuals went into the residence. A vehicle located at the property was determined to have been stolen out of Arizona,” said Clinton Jeffrey. “Officers spoke with the property owner outside the residence. The property owner cooperated and confirmed the identity of the individuals.”

According to the police, the property owner did not want the individuals at the residence and was concerned for her safety if they were to remain.

The officers attempted to get the individuals to come out of the residence but were unsuccessful. The officers eventually determined that the individuals may have a firearm. They also discovered that the individuals had numerous felony warrants.

The Marion Police Department made the decision to contact the Harvey County Emergency Response Team in order to assist in keeping the public, the suspects and the officers safe. The Harvey County ERT arrived around 10 p.m.

After several hours of attempting to contact the suspects and get them to come out of the residence, a team of officers entered the residence and took the suspects into custody without incident.

They arrested Matthew Bice, 36, of Marion, Ohio. He was arrested on charges of felony possession of stolen property and felony interference with law enforcement. Bice was also arrested for outstanding felony warrants out of Harvey County, Kansas as well as Springfield, Missouri.

Julie Starks 38, Marion, Ohio was also arrested on charges of felony interference with law enforcement. Starks was also arrested on outstanding felony warrants from Marion County and Harvey County.

Bice and Starks were booked into the Marion County Jail. They are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The Marion Police Department thanked Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Police Department and the North Newton Police Department. No further information will be released.